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With every team in action on Friday and only one afternoon game, we’ve got a packed 14-game slate to sift through for stacking options. Here are five stacks that stand out to me to target.

It’s important to note that you should always keep an eye on the news and lineup notes from @DKLive in order to best prepare for each slate. In addition, feel free to get at me on Twitter with any questions — @julianedlow.

1. HOUSTON ASTROS

The Astros might be banged up, but they’re still averaging over five runs per game at home this season, and are capable of high-scoring games — the ‘Stros scored eight runs in a wild comeback victory on Thursday. Projected for 5.3 runs on Friday, Houston will play host to Gabriel Ynoa ($4,800) and the Orioles.

Ynoa’s has started two of his 11 appearances this season, and he is part of one of the worst bullpens in baseball. While Ynoa was decent in those two starts, he still allowed seven total runs in nine innings to the 27th (SF) and 30th (DET) ranked offenses in baseball. He has a 5.06 ERA on the season, which jumps to 6.52 in road games. Baltimore’s bullpen ranks 29th with a 5.82 ERA, leaving the Astros in a tremendous sit to put up runs at home, even with a beat up, but cheap lineup.

Players to Consider

Alex Bregman ($5,300)
Michael Brantley ($4,700)
Robinson Chirinos ($4,300)
Derek Fisher ($4,200)
Josh Reddick ($4,000)
Yuli Gurriel ($3,700)


2. MILWAUKEE BREWERS

The Brewers will face Rookie Davis ($5,700) of the Pirates, who has appeared in just four games this season, all four out of the bullpen, with a 5.87 ERA. Prior to this season, Davis had appeared in seven games in his career, starting six of them. He had an 8.63 ERA during that stretch, including a start against the Brewers where he couldn’t make it out of the third inning before giving up eight runs.

Games Davis pitches in just tend to be insanely high scoring, with the opposition averaging 10.5 runs in the games he’s seen action this year. Milwaukee’s averaging five runs per game at home this season, and has a slate-high projection of six runs. The Pirates have just the 27th-ranked bullpen behind Davis, so this would could get ugly early.

Players to Consider

Christian Yelich ($6,000)
Mike Moustakas ($5,100)
Yasmani Grandal ($4,900)
Eric Thames ($4,500)
Ryan Braun ($4,400)
Lorenzo Cain ($4,100)


3. LOS ANGELES ANGELS

The Angels have been a really strong offense at home this season, where they average 5.23 runs per game. They’re projected for another 5.3 runs against Marco Gonzales ($6,900) and the spiraling Mariners. After a really strong start to the season, Gonzales has been a mess since the start of May. He’s 0-5 in his last five starts with an 8.76 ERA, and somehow, that doesn’t even describe how bad things have actually been. The opposite’s scored 37 total runs in his last 32 1/3 innings.

Gonzales has faced the Angels three times already this season, giving up 14 runs in 20 innings (6.30 ERA). Seattle’s 25th ranked bullpen offers almost nothing behind Gonzales, leading to some really high scoring games. Many of the Angels hit Gonzales well, but Mike Trout ($5,600) has particularly dominated him, going 12-for-26 with three doubles and a pair of homers. The Mariners have lost all seven starts Gonzales has made since the start of May, allowing 8.6 runs per game during that span.

Mike Trout ($5,600)
Tommy La Stella ($4,600)
Shohei Ohtani ($4,400)
David Fletcher ($4,300)
Albert Pujols ($4,300)
Cesar Puello ($4,100)


4. BOSTON RED SOX

The Red Sox return home to Fenway Park for a series against the Rays, and are actually extremely affordable. At 5.92 runs per game, only the Rockies average more runs per game at home than the Red Sox. Yonny Chirinos ($8,100) has been a real starter for Tampa, going 6-2 with a 3.25 ERA this season.

While it’s not an easy matchup for Boston, these bats are a combined 18-of-56 off Chirinos for a .321 average. Tampa has a very solid bullpen, but given the damage the Red Sox can do at home, combined with some of the cheapest salaries we’ve seen them at, there’s value to be had here.

Players to Consider

Rafael Devers ($5,100)
Xander Bogaerts ($5,100)
Mitch Moreland ($4,700) P
J.D. Martinez ($4,600)
Mookie Betts ($4,400)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,400)


5. TORONTO BLUE JAYS

The Blue Jays might rank 28th in runs per game, but they’ve shown some pop at home in the right spots — 11 runs against the Yankees on Wednesday. Friday night against Merrill Kelly ($8,400) and the Diamondbacks could be one of those spots.

Kelly’s been a completely different pitcher on the away from home this season. In Arizona, Kelly has a spectacular 2.35 ERA in six starts, but in six road starts, he has a 7.14 ERA. Out of those six road starts, only one came in an AL ballpark — Kelly gave up seven runs in four innings in Tampa, an eventual 12-1 loss. The Jays are crazy cheap to stack, but bring a lot of upside to the table in this matchup.

Players to Consider

Justin Smoak ($4,300)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($3,900)
Lourdes Gurriel ($3,900)
Randal Grichuk ($3,800)
Cavan Biggio ($3,400)
Rowdy Tellez ($3,200)


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